Mid Sweden University
Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet) is a Swedish state university located in the region around the geographical center of Sweden, with two campuses in the cities of Östersund and Sundsvall. The university closed a third campus in Härnösand in the summer of 2016.
|Established||1 July 1993|
|Colours||Yellow and blue|
Created on 1 July 1993, the institution was originally called Mid Sweden University College (Mitthögskolan) and was the result of a merger between the University College of Sundsvall/Härnösand (Högskolan i Sundsvall/Härnösand) and the University College of Östersund (Högskolan i Östersund). The two university colleges had been founded in 1977, with roots in the School of social work that started in 1971 in the city of Östersund, and in the Folk high school teachers' seminary and the nautical training/naval school that were launched in 1842 in the city of Härnösand. On 1 July 1995, the Sundsvall/Örnsköldsvik and Östersund Colleges of Health Sciences (Vårdhögskolor) were also incorporated.
In 2001 Mid Sweden University was awarded university status in the natural sciences area of research including IT, and was thus entitled to issue doctoral degrees. Employees that were carrying out doctoral studies before then were enrolled at other universities, where they had their main supervisor, but also locally supervised at Mid Sweden University College. Effective 1 January 2005, the government of Sweden granted the institution the right to call itself a university and the school's name changed to Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet).
Mid Sweden University has two authorised areas of research (vetenskapsområden), organized under the Faculty of Science, Technology and Media (since 2001), and the Faculty of Human Sciences (since 2005) respectively. Education and research is also organized under the Faculty of Educational Sciences (lärarutbildningsnämnden).
The university was organized into eight departments, of which four are multi-campus departments:[needs update]
- Faculty of Human Sciences:
- Department of Humanities
- Department of Social Sciences
- Department of Social Work
- Department of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Science, Technology and Media:
- Department of Information Technology and Media
- Department of Natural Sciences
- Department of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
- Faculty of Educational Sciences:
- Department of Education
The university has offered bachelor's degree (kandidatexamen) and Swedish master's degree (magisterexamen, one year) in a wide range of subjects since 1994, doctoral degree (doktorsexamen and licentiatexamen) since 2001, and International master's degree (masterexamen, two years) according to the Bologna model since 2005. Mid Sweden University also offers professional degrees within Master of Science and Engineering (civilingenjörsexamen, similar to German Diploma engineer) since 2003, and as engineer, teacher, nurse, specialist nurse, social worker/welfare officer (socionom), journalist and, from 2008, Psychologist.
The university's two main campuses have different focuses but with some overlap. The Sundsvall campus has a school of education and offers various courses in the humanities and arts. It also has a wide range of courses and degrees in the technical and natural sciences and journalism. The Östersund campus focuses on graduate degrees in tourism, health care, social work and public administration. Campus Östersund also has Sweden's only ecotechnology programme. Besides the above, education and research within digital printing technology is located to the city of Örnsköldsvik.
The institution is also well known for a wide range of web-based distance education.
Number of students and employees
In school year 2009/2010, the university had 21,476 undergraduate students (including master students) with 4,000 of them based in Östersund, 4,000 in Sundsvall, 2,000 in Härnösand and the rest are learning on distance. The university has 235 doctoral students, about 800 teachers, of which 80 were employed professors, and totally more than 1000 employees.
- 1993–1994 Alf Gunnmo
- 1994–1999 Kari Marklund
- 1999 (acting) Alf Gunnmo
- 1999–2003 Gunnar Svedberg
- 2003 (acting) Pia Sandvik Wiklund
- 2003–2008 Thomas Lindstein
- 2008 (acting) Håkan Wiklund
- 2008-2016 Anders Söderholm
Past prorectors (Östersund)
- 1993–1999 Alf Gunnmo
- 1999 (acting) Sture Pettersson
- 1999–2002 Mats Ericson
- 2002–2005 Pia Sandvik Wiklund
- 2003 (acting) Sture Pettersson
- 2005–2006 (acting) Sture Pettersson
- 2006— Håkan Wiklund
- 2008 (acting) Sture Pettersson
Honorary doctorates at Mid Sweden University
- 2001 – Thorbjörn Fälldin
- 2002 – Kenway Smith
- 2004 – Sverker Martin-Löf
- 2006 – Bodil Malmsten and Bengt Saltin
- 2008 – Magdalena Forsberg and Lars Näsman
- 2010 – Kenneth Eriksson, Erik Fichtelius, Björn Fjæstad and Jan Stenberg
Here is a list of people who have received attention from national media, and have studied either at Mid Sweden University, or one of the colleges that later formed Mid Sweden University.
- Jerry Ahrlin, cross-country skier
- Abir Al-Sahlani, Member of Parliament
- Berit Andnor, former Minister for Social Affairs and Member of Parliament
- Helena Jonsson, biathlete
- Mari Jungstedt, journalist and author
- Jan Helin, journalist and the editor-in-chief of Aftonbladet since 2008
- Anna-Karin Kammerling, swimmer
- Mikaela Laurén, swimmer and boxer
- Melodie MC (Kent Lövgren), Eurodance rapper
- Ylva Nowén, Alpine skier and expert commentator
- Linda Olofsson, TV-journalist
- Anna Ottosson, Alpine skier
- Roger Haddad, Member of Parliament
- Fadime Sahindal
- Anders Sodergren, cross-country skier
- Åsa Torstensson, Member of Parliament and former Minister for Transport 2006–2010.
- Fredrik Wikingsson, journalist and TV host
- Gina Dirawi, comedian and tv host
- "Mittuniversitetets Grafiska Manual" (PDF) (in Swedish). Mittuniversitetet. 14 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
- Gunmo, Alf (1 January 2005). "Historik om Mittuniversitetet" (in Swedish). Mittuniversitetet. Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2007.
- "Facts & History". Mittuniversitetet. 3 April 2007. Archived from the original on 2 July 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2007.
- "Mitthögskolan: Ansökan om rätt att utfärda civilingenjörsexamen" (PDF) (in Swedish). Högskoleverket. 11 March 2003. Retrieved 18 July 2007.[permanent dead link]